Animal rights and climate change in LA

Los Angeles City Council recently adopted a resolution declaring all Mondays as Meatless Mondays in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts….

No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles

…Councilwoman Jan Perry, who introduced the resolution, also wants to ban new fast-food restaurants in South Los Angeles. “While this is a symbolic gesture, it is asking people to think about the food choices they make. Eating less meat can reverse some of our nation’s most common illnesses…

The resolution makes 15 points in support of meatless Mondays…

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS, in 2007, the City of Los Angeles adopted GREEN LA: a progressive action plan to lead the nation in fighting global warming, which includes the goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting clean technology, reducing air pollution, conserving water, and more;

WHEREAS, the United Nations recognizes that “Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems”;

WHEREAS, recent studies and reports have demonstrated that we can lower our carbon footprint simply by reducing the amount of animal-based foods we eat;

WHEREAS, more than half of the adult population is overweight or obese in Los Angeles County. Statistics show that low-income areas in Los Angeles are at higher risk for preventable diseases linked to obesity, including, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and even cancer;…

WHEREAS, a growing number of people are reducing their meat consumption to help prevent animal cruelty; …

WHEREAS, Compassion Over Killing, a nonprofit organization with an office in Los Angeles, encourages people to choose vegetarian foods as a way to help build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world, and works with businesses throughout Los Angeles County to ensure vegetarian meals are readily available to consumers; and…

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as “Meatless Mondays” in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals. and, including U.N. recognition that “livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.”

Meatless Mondays is a campaign revised in 2003 by former Madison Avenue advertiser Sid Lerner after his doctor frightened him that meat in his diet could lead to a heart attack. He elicited the support of rising chefs and stars to help make his global movement hip and sexy, he told NPR a few years ago. The Meatless Monday campaign especially targets college kids and young adults, motivating them with an environmental message.

To help the movement appear more credible, Sid Lerner partnered with the John Hopkins School of Public Health’s Center for a Livable Future. Directed by Dr. Robert Lawrence, MD, the Center says its mission is to address the urgent need to protect the environment, preserve biodiversity and conserve finite resources. Its core concept, Lawrence states, “is best expressed by James Grant, the late director of UNICEF, who warned of the ‘vicious spiral’ of population growth, poverty and environmental degradation—each component exacerbating and accelerating the trend toward destruction of the biosphere.”

Its concept model attributes purported rising epidemics of chronic diseases — as well as devastating affects on the environment, depletion of natural resources, social injustices and climate disruption — on western diets and modern agriculture and food production.

As the Earth’s temperature rises and weather becomes more severe, many current agricultural practices become vulnerable. In particular, the surging global demand for meat places more pressure on ecosystems and portends more extreme climate changes.

18 responses to “Animal rights and climate change in LA

  1. That is a silly resolution. What ever happened to fish on Friday?

  2. There is so much junk science in that resolution it’s laughable.

    As Joel Salatin owner of Polyface Farm says in the title of his latest book: “Folks, this ain’t normal.”

    Cheers

  3. Most people that pontificate about meat can still suck a whole pig thru a straw.

  4. I feel the same way about California that I do about New York: it’s appalling that their elected officials have the nerve to offer this kind of nonsense, but it’s a lot more appalling that the citizens vote for them.
    If I could do it, I’d make a point of brining a McDonald’s combo to the steps of City Hall in LA and eating it there every Monday. I hope some others will do it.

  5. One step closer to declaring Global Warming a religion!!!!!! This will solve all the ills of the world……..just give in and accept the word!

  6. So THAT is where my tax dollars are going — oh, joy!

  7. I suppose the earth would heal if people ate people. We could reduce the carbon footprint of man by eating criminals; we could call it a McCon. We probably should also eat people without a high school diploma as they are just consuming precious California water and emitting CO2 with every breath and we would call this a McDumb. And then there are so many obese people who overly consume precious earth resources using more than their fair share of food and gas to transport the heavy weight. They would make great McFats. That is the solution to a green society. The only meat we eat is human beings.

  8. Definitely better than eating animals.

  9. This might explain why California is going broke big time and fast.

  10. Brainless Monday’s is more like it.

    Illnesses are not “our nation’s.” Illnesses are contracted by individuals (not by nations, unless one considers collective dementia). Illnesses become a concern for “our nation” only when government is paying for healthcare (or they are communicable, which meat consumption is not). If the oh-so-concerned-about-people people were truly concerned, they would vote to return the responsibility of healthcare (and healthcare cost/insurance) to individuals and allow individuals to make their own choices – making healthcare costs not a public issue. (Whereupon, if consuming meat were truly a danger, individuals would curtail their consumption without government coercion or silly resolutions.)

  11. Whenever I visit LA, I will make it a point to eat meat on Mondays. Water is necessary for life, but too much will kill you. Vitamin B12 is essential for human life, and the only natural source is Meat.

    I wonder if they are going to combine that edict with their condom one?

  12. Isn’t this racist?

  13. Not_That_Stupid_Yet

    Libtards, you got to love ‘em. It is amazing that there are so many of them, but with the education system in this country, and the lack of real investigative jounalism, it is really not that hard to grasp their total lack of understanding of the physical world and most everything that occurs in it.

    WHEREAS most of the people in this country are dumber than a box of rocks.

  14. Not_That_Stupid_Yet
    That’s right. Much dumber than animals. Humans have been killing each with useless savagery since their creation. And still are.

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